Made a nitrite bomb out of fertilizer
flown a plane in to the building
crashed a cement mixer through the building
released a crate of malaria ridden mosquitoes into the building
locked all the doors and tossed flaming gas cans into the theater
tunneled under the theater and and built an underground lake full of alligators and dropped everybody into it through a giant trap door..
built bombs out of mace and fireworks
Yes, there's lots of things he could
have done. There's lots of things somebody could do in this country to murder people, sometimes they do. Heck, guns are available on the black market. Or heck, Raoul Moat used a legally obtained rifle. We lack a gun culture and as do many other countries where gun crime and even murder rates are lower per capita. In fact the stats between gun crime in the UK and US is massive, but if somebody wanted to get a hold of a gun, they could. The US has a pretty big gun culture. Gun homicides in the US are 2.98 per 100k people, UK is 0.03, Austria is 0.18. In 2010 US Homicides were over 14k (by any method), 9k of which were with firearms. Homicides (by any method) in the UK was 724, 18 of which were by gun. Okay, it's only 2 countries I'm comparing, but aren't those numbers worrying?
We both rank very highly for crime (Nationmaster puts UK and US as the top 2), in some respects the UK rates higher for violent crime, for example we've got more assaults per capita, we're actually more than double per capita.
As far as statistics go, the UK is a pretty violent country, yet we lack a gun culture, we lack this idea that it's okay to kill a man in self defence, heck it's considered manslaughter if you do, people don't feel the need to carry a weapon because they need to protect themselves, so if they do get into trouble, people aren't walking out with a bullet in their chest, a person doesn't panic and shoot somebody. We end up with fewer murders, we end up with fewer shootings. Somebody might think it's okay to attack somebody, but it's a lot rarer for somebody to kill somebody else. The vast majority of people in the UK don't even own a gun and the numbers are small compared to the US. 270,000,000 guns are possessed by Civilians in the US, ours is a little over 4,000,000. There's no big gun stores in the UK, you can't just walk in and pick up a rifle, maybe a semi-automatic and the ammunition to go with it. The market is smaller and you wouldn't expect a town to even have a gun store. You can still get them and legally too, my next door neighbour has a rifle he uses for hunting rabbits. Gun law and attitudes to guns between our 2 countries is still pretty damn big. People still have the right to own a firearm in both countries, it's just we're limited for choice on firearms and guns aren't a part of our culture or way of life.
But heck, I wish folks would be less defensive of their 'right' to bear arms because it seems to close off the idea that guns could ever be a part of the problem. After all, a gun is just a tool.
I would not say guns are the direct cause of the problem, because there's obviously deeper issues, but that doesn't rule them out from being a part of the problem. Unfortunately, that discourse doesn't tend to get opened because people believe it's their right to be able to own and that because they're not murderers, they shouldn't be punished...not that my next door neighbour is punished by our gun laws, but hey.
In response to Kimberly's videos (and for a little bit of fun):